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DAYTON PHILHARMONIC JUNIOR STRING ORCHESTRA TO PRESENT FIRST CONCERT OF 2008-2009 SEASON

November 16, 3 PM concert at Kettering Seventh Day Adventist Church is free


Dayton, Ohio (November 3, 2008) – On Sunday, November 16 at 3 pm, the Dayton Philharmonic Junior String Orchestra will present a free concert at Kettering Seventh Day Adventist Church, the first in the Orchestra’s 2007-2008 Season.

Conductor Betsey Hofeldt will open the program with Handel's elegant Concerto Grosso in G Major, Op. 61, one of 12 concerti grossi in which Handel investigates shifting relationships among the instruments of a string orchestra. Mozart’s Divertimento in C Major – with a vivid and cheery opening movement, a second movement with a sadly singing operatic flavor, and an energetic and clear-cut rondo finale. Bartok’s breezy, high-quality Roumanian Folk Dances are next.

The JSO will end the concert with Ralph Vaughan Williams's sumptuously romantic Fantasia on Greensleeves, which premiered a few years after the premiere of his Shakespearean opera Sir John in Love, for which Williams wrote the pieces for use as short, intermission music between the acts.

The JSO will repeat this program as an outreach concert for the residents of Bethany Lutheran Village.

Junior String Orchestra members rehearse every Sunday from 1:45 pm - 4:15 pm, September - March. The Junior String Orchestra consists of 53 students in grades 6-12 representing 22 different schools in the Greater Dayton area. Membership in the Orchestra is through competitive audition.

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About the Junior String Orchestra

Established in 1982 with the support of Mrs. Virginia Kettering, the mission of the Dayton Philharmonic Junior String Orchestra is to provide musical enrichment and advanced concert experience for string students in grade 6-12. The Junior String Orchestra consists of 53 students representing 22 different schools from the greater Dayton area.

Students in the Junior String Orchestra will perform challenging original string literature. Regularly performing winter and spring concerts, the Junior String Orchestra often performs additional concerts throughout the year for senior centers and at community events.

About the Conductor

Dr. Betsey Hofeldt received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota in 1978 and her Master of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Illinois in Urbana in 1980 under the tutelage of Paul Rolland and Sergiu Luca. She earned her doctoral degree in violin performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2000, where her principal teachers were Naoko Tanaka and Won Bin Yim. Shirley Givens at the Aspen Music Festival is also one of her principal teachers.

Since 1988, Dr. Hofeldt has been a member of the first violin section of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to coming to the DPO, Dr. Hofeldt performed with the Virginia Symphony, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony, and the Omaha Symphony. Since 1991, Betsey has performed as a member of the Hofeldt-Phillips Trio throughout the Miami Valley.

About the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra is the largest and oldest performing arts organization in the community. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra receives partial funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.

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